Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Apr 04, 2018

Most dog owners have seen their dog eat grass or heard the advice that it’s because their dog is unwell, hungry or bored, but it’s actually a very normal behaviour. We explain why dogs eat grass below:  

Do dogs like the taste of grass?

Some dogs eat grass simply because they like the taste and texture.

Other dogs tend to eat grass when their stomach is upset or gassy. The grass helps induce vomiting in order to expel whatever might be bothering your dog.

Is it bad for my dog to eat grass?

Even though it is a normal behaviour and grass will not harm them, you still need to mindful of chemicals used on grass that may irritate your dog’s stomach or cause health problems. 

When gardening at home, be sure to look out for products that are safe for use around animals or keep your dog away from areas where non-safe products may have been used.

You could create their own special grazing area by planting pet grass in a pot and teaching them to use it. If you dog is eating more grass than usual, it is best to organise a check up with your Vet

Should I get grass for the balcony?

Although grass is known to be good for a dog's digestive health, it's not considered very nutritious for them. While many dogs love eating grass, there is usually a risk of it being loaded with dangerous chemicals such as fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. 

There are available some sprouts that are a healthy alternative as it contains digestible enzymes, vitamins and minerals and it can be easily grown in your balcony.  

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